Osteoporosis and Men

Osteoporosis and Men

According to statistics revealed by National Institute on Aging, over 10 million people in the United States have osteoporosis and 18 million are on the verge of developing this disease. A women sufferer amounts to large part of this 28 million. Though osteoporosis is more in women men are also on risk of developing this disease.

Osteoporosis occurs due to debilitating of fractures led by gradual weakening of bones. Structural deterioration of tissues of bone and density of bone are the main characteristics of this disease. The main drawback is that the disease develops gradually without displaying any symptoms at initial stage. Symptoms occur only after the bone fractures.

The cases of osteoporosis are comparatively lesser in men, when compared to women, as men have stronger and larger bones and they do not face substantial and abrupt changes in hormones (which are one of the causes behind development of disease) as women experience during their menopause. Moreover, the bone loss in men starts at later and progresses very slowly than that of women. However, the recent trend has shown considerable increase in the cases of men suffering from this disease. According to speculation of some researchers the number of men, especially over the age of 70 years, will double in the recent future.

According to National Osteoporosis Foundation, over 2 million men in the United States have osteoporosis and 3 million more men have risk of developing this disease. One third of the total people who suffer hip fractures are men and one third of these men sufferers would not live for more than period of one year. Apart from the hip fractures, men also suffer from wrist and spine fractures owing to this disease.

Fortunately, there is a hope for men to overcome this disease with advanced technology and change in attitude. Though bone loss is considered as one of the characteristics of aging, it is no longer an inevitable result of aging. Onset of disease can be diagnosed at initial stages and proper treatments can be given. Some newly introduced products help you in this treatment.

Life of Bones

Density and length of bones grows during younger ages. Bone density is associated with the tissue mineral content and continues to enhance till the age of 30 years. Bone density can be affected by factors such as sex hormones, heredity, and diet, use of some medications, lifestyle and physical activities throughout the life.

Normally, men do not face rapid bone mass loss in their 50s which women experience in years succeeding menopause. Some men may have hormonal changes like diminishing of Testosterone due to hypogonadism. Further, levels of Testosterone can decrease naturally with the growing age. Such loss of hormone can trigger bone loss. Resulting of such bone loss into osteoporosis depends on the quantity of bone mass the man had at the time of onset of bone loss and intensity of such bone loss. In the age group between 65 and 70 years, both, men and women, loses the bone mass at similar rate, as absorption of essential nutrients and calcium reduces in both sexes.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Osteoporosis

Primary and secondary osteoporosis is the two forms of this disease seen in the men. The primary osteoporosis in men could be the result of age related bone loss. Secondary osteoporosis in men may occur due to various factors such as hormonal level loss, use of certain medications and alcoholism.

There are no therapies available for total replacement of lost bones. This fact makes it important for men to get evaluated and treated before the disease reaches advanced stage. Building strong bones, with proper diet and regular exercises during early ages, is considered as the best way of combating onset osteoporosis.

Though osteoporosis can not be cured, there are certain remedies that could slow down the progress of disease. There are certain steps you can adopt to prevent occurrence of disease.

Usually, Bone Mineral Density Test (a special X-Ray Test) is conducted to diagnose osteoporosis. This is a non-invasive, painless, safe, quick and accurate test for diagnosis as well as for monitoring bone density and treatment effectiveness.

Recently, Fosamax has been introduced in the market to help the men suffering from osteoporosis by increasing bone mass. Fosamax reduces the activity of cells responsible for bone loss. Investigations are on to develop another therapy for treatment of primary osteoporosis in men. In this remedy, human parathyroid hormones, that regulates calcium and phosphate metabolism, are injected in the human body on regular basis. These hormones increase mineral density of the bone and stimulate formation of new bone.

The treatment of osteoporosis depends on the cause of the disease. Usually, treatment of osteoporosis in men is aimed at providing proper nutrition, alterations to lifestyle and physical exercises to prevent bone loss. Adequate intake of Vitamin D and calcium plays an important role in prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.

Avoiding factors, which can increase risk of development of osteoporosis, like smoking, excess consumption of alcohol, inactive lifestyle, is the best method for preventing development of osteoporosis.